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A termite.
LSU AgCenter

The next several months are a popular time for adding new beds of shrubs, ground covers, and flowers to the landscape. It's also a popular time for reworking and replanting existing beds you may have.

When you're dealing with beds right next to your house, this work can affect your home's termite protection.

Houses are typically protected from subterranean termite damage with chemical barriers in the soil. To protect the structure, the soil immediately next to the slab or piers is treated with a long-lasting liquid termiticide. The presence of this chemical in the soil provides a protective seal that prevents termites from tunneling through the soil and entering your home.

This protective treated soil should never be disturbed or altered. Also be careful with mulch, as mulch can provide a bridge past the treated soil which termites can use to enter your home.


LSU AgCenter

If you've ever visited a nursery in the spring on the weekend, you're bound to see a parking lot full of cars, and a nursery full of shoppers.

Spring remains the prime season when gardeners head to the nursery to purchase trees, shrubs, ground covers, and vines. If something is going to be planted in the yard, most of the time, gardeners focus on spring to do it.'

But spring is really not the best time to plant great hearty plants, like trees and shrubs, hearty ground covers, and vines. Now, as we head into the fall season, is really the best time.


LSU Agcenter

We gardeners crave color in our landscapes. We provide that color primarily through the use of colorful bedding plants and bright flower beds. Colorful flower beds are one of the highest maintenance parts of our landscapes, however, so try to add as much color as you can with permanent woody plants like trees and shrubs.


Earth Day tree planting.
CEMEX

The ideal planting season for hearty trees and shrubs in the Baton Rouge area finishes up around the end of March.